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Regional ecosystem details for 11.11.21

Regional ecosystem 11.11.21
Vegetation Management Act class Of concern
Biodiversity status Endangered
Subregion 14
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 2000 ha; Remnant 2019 2000 ha
Extent in reserves Low
Short description Semi-evergreen vine thicket on serpentinite
Structure category Dense
Description Semi-evergreen vine thicket on serpentinite. Species include Brachychiton rupestris, Gossia bidwillii, Notelaea longifolia, Cupaniopsis wadsworthii, Diospyros spp., Croton insularis, Alyxia ruscifolia, Turraea pubescens, Samadera bidwillii and includes the endemic Neoroepera buxifolia. Occurs on narrow hillcrests, upper slopes, gullies, footslopes and lateritised hills with shallow to moderately deep stony red to brown clay loams and clays formed from moderately weathered or lateritised serpentinite hills and mountains. (BVG1M: 7a)
Supplementary description Forster and Barton (1995), Marlborough, Tungamull (in part); Batianoff and Singh (2001)
Protected areas Princhester CP, Bukkulla CP
Special values Habitat for threatened flora species including Samadera bidwillii and Neoroepera buxifolia.
Fire management guidelines STRATEGY: This vegetation requires protection from wildfire. Protection primarily relies on broad-scale management of surrounding country with numerous small fires throughout the year so that wildfires will be very limited in extent. Maintenance of fire breaks may be appropriate on flat country, but natural features will be useful as breaks in 'wild' country. ISSUES: Fuel reduction burning in the surrounding vegetation under low fire danger conditions and/or revegetation of cleared areas reduce the risk of damaging wildfires. Exotic grasses, such as Guinea grass and Buffel grass, can fuel fires that carry into and damage vine thickets. Maintain or re-establish native vegetation communities adjacent to this ecosystem. Herbicide control of exotic grasses, or short term grazing, on the edge of vine thickets will reduce the risk of wildfires damaging vine thickets.
Comments Some areas have been cleared for mining. A rare ecosystem that occurs in the Marlborough Plains subregion.

1 Estimated extent is from version 12 pre-clearing and 2019 remnant regional ecosystem mapping. Figures are rounded for simplicity. For more precise estimates, including breakdowns by tenure and other themes see remnant vegetation in Queensland.

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Last updated
12 March 2021
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